Pear bread-and-butter pudding
Sunday 06 October 2013
Be as messy as you want when filling the dish with bread and fruit – this pudding looks and tastes wonderful regardless.
3 pears, peeled, cored, quartered
75g/3oz butter, softened
75g/3oz demerara sugar, plus 1 tbsp
¼ tsp ground ginger
Fresh nutmeg, for grating
¼ tsp mixed spice
8-10 slices stale crusty bread
350ml/12fl oz milk
300ml/½ pint double cream, plus extra to serve
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6. Put the pears in a 1 litre baking dish, add a tbsp of butter, a tbsp of sugar and sprinkle over the spices. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring gently halfway through.
Meanwhile, butter the stale bread with the remaining butter. Mix the milk, cream, remaining sugar and eggs together. Remove the pears from the oven, and carefully remove from the dish.
Lay half of the bread in the base of the dish, pour over a little of the custard mix and allow to soak in. Arrange the pears and remaining bread across the top. Pour over the custard and allow to stand for 15 minutes, pushing the bread under the custard.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas4. Sprinkle the top of the pudding with the additional 1 tbsp of sugar, cook for 45 minutes, or until puffy and golden. Serve with extra cream if you like.
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